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Human–Computer Interaction Series

Minimalism

Designing Simplicity

Authors: Obendorf, Hartmut

  • Features a constructive theoretical framework: Simplicity, an often-cited design value, is analyzed using the notion of Minimalism
  • Offers a transdisciplinary approach to the design of interactive systems
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About this book

In this age of complexity, simple, powerful systems are an ideal of interaction design. This book introduces minimalism and helps to make sense of reduction, and in doing so unravels some of the mysteries of simplicity. Minimalism becomes an essential tool to help visualise the simple, and to unveil and instantiate patterns for designing simplicity.

Divided into five parts, the first delivers an introduction to the concept of minimalism and overviews the main themes covered in the book; Part two retraces the history of minimalism in art and music illustrating the breadth of concepts underlying works characterized as minimal, and showing the recurrence of these attributes in different disciplines. Four kinds of minimalism for interaction design are defined. The third part connects the concepts developed in the book to current thinking in HCI, examining norms, rules and guidelines. In part four, the simplicity of real designs is examined from a minimal perspective, and tools for different forms of reduction in design are discussed. The final section returns to more theoretical discussions of the notions of minimalism, re-evaluating the product and process threads for the changes brought about for the understanding of minimalism and the relation of aesthetics and minimalism in design. The book concludes with a look at issues and limitations that lie unanswered, and some of their possible resolutions.

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"This book discusses human-computer interaction (HCI) through four well-defined notions of minimalism: functional minimalism, structural minimalism, architectural minimalism, and compositional minimalism. … This book will interest product development teams and project leaders, as well as people who work in marketing and people who are involved in the political process. HCI students and designers shouldn’t bypass this book." (Constantin S. Chassapis, ACM Computing Reviews, November, 2009)


Table of contents (11 chapters)

  • Minimalism: Introduction and Synopsis

    Obendorf, Hartmut

    Pages 3-18

  • In Search of “Minimalism”— Roving in Art, Music and Elsewhere

    Obendorf, Hartmut

    Pages 21-64

  • Minimalism for Interaction Design: a Proposal

    Obendorf, Hartmut

    Pages 65-78

  • Minimalism, Industrial Design and HCI

    Obendorf, Hartmut

    Pages 81-95

  • Minimalism, Simplicity and Rules of Design

    Obendorf, Hartmut

    Pages 97-121

Buy this book

eBook $149.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-84882-371-6
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $189.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-84882-370-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $189.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-4471-2284-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Minimalism
Book Subtitle
Designing Simplicity
Authors
Series Title
Human–Computer Interaction Series
Copyright
2009
Publisher
Springer-Verlag London
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag London
eBook ISBN
978-1-84882-371-6
DOI
10.1007/978-1-84882-371-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-84882-370-9
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4471-2284-5
Series ISSN
1571-5035
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XX, 340
Number of Illustrations and Tables
99 b/w illustrations
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